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The New Gods Apokolips

 

Originally one planet, the origins of New Genesis and Apokolips can be traced to the deaths of the “Old Gods,” after which an indescribable burst of energy split the planet into two molten bodies.  These bodies cooled and brought forth new life—and new gods—which developed into two worlds that exist as the antithesis of the other.

Ruled by the despotic Darkseid, Apokolips is a fascist wasteland of ugly machinery and fire pits.  A psychic vampire that feeds on despair, Darkseid put his people to work building weapons of war and giant statues honoring their master.  Despite his “achievements,” Darkseid is still vexed by the presence of New Genesis, and will not rest until it is crushed under his heel.

 

Darkseid

See Darkseid entry.

 

Desaad (voiced by Rene Auberjonois)

Real Name:  Desaad

Darkseid’s right hand and chief torturer, the sadistic Desaad was once his friend as well.  That friendship ended, however, when Desaad poisoned Suli, Darkseid’s beloved wife.  Frequently obliterated by his Omega Beams, Darkseid keeps restoring Desaad to life in order to take advantage of his technological and tactical knowledge.

It is worth noting that, while Rene Auberjonois replaces Robert Morse (who voiced Desaad in the Superman episode Father's Day), he is also reprising the role that he originally played on Superfriends

 

Kalibak (voiced by Michael Dorn)

Real Name:  Kalibak

The son of Darkseid and Suli, Kalibak longs for the approval of his father.  This desire has led to an ongoing rivalry with his half-brother Orion.  He is nearly equal to Orion in terms of strength and fighting ability.

 

Steppenwolf (voiced by Corey Burton)

Real Name:  Steppenwolf

Appointed to the position of general by his nephew Darksied, Steppenwolf leads the military forces of Apokolips during their bloody campaigns.

 

Images

Desaad Image (STAS Design) | Granny Goodness Image (STAS Design) | Kalibak Image (STAS Design)

Kanto Image (STAS Design) | Lashina Image (STAS Design) | Mad Harriet Image (STAS Design) | Parademon Image (STAS Design)

Steppenwolf Image (STAS Design) | Stompa Image (STAS Design) | Panoramic Shot of Apokolips

 

Commentary

I am many things, Kal-El, but here I am God.

Darkseid (to Superman) in Legacy

The return of Darkseid necessitates the presence of his main agents as well.  They are pretty much as they were in Superman, with minor exceptions (Rene Auberjonois replacing Robert Morse as the voice of Desaad, Corey Burton filling in for Sherman Howard as the voice of Steppenwolf).  Finally, those concerned about the fates of Desaad and Steppenwolf can rest easy:  Darkseid can always resurrect them with his Omega Beams should he need them again.

 

Images courtesy of Toon Zone and the New Batman/Superman Adventures Homepage.

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